The Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante
The countdown has begun for one of the biggest sales of the Silverstone Auctions calendar, the Supercar Fest Sale of Iconic, Classic and Supercars on Saturday 20th May. Now in its fifth year, the Supercar Fest event is one of the most dynamic supercar events in the UK, and the Silverstone Auctions sale attracts some of the finest vehicles available to be bought at the auction. With the consignments now all complete and the listings live on the website, we thought as official finance partners to Silverstone Auctions it would be good to start looking at some of the standout cars already listed for the auction.
Last time we focussed on something very unique but certainly not for the faint hearted, the fearsome TVR Cerbera Speed 12. This time around it is a car that caught our eye not just because it is widely considered to be one of the best looking cars of all time, but the provenance and history that comes with it means this is one of the most important cars not only in the brands long and illustrious history, but for the future of their classic cars too.
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante
Many cars claim to be an important part of a marques history yet mostly this means it was merely the model that was a defining part of the brand’s past. When a particular car can claim to be a significant part of that model’s history, then you know it must be something fairly special.
For starters this particular Aston Martin DB6 Volante is one of just 38 second generation cars. As a later car it features the flared arches and wheels from the more modern looking DBS and came with power steering and the option of fuel injection. Such was the appeal of the Mk 2 Volante that one of the cars was allocated to Her Majesty the Queen, who gave it to Prince Charles as a 21st birthday presents. As popular as that DB6 Volante is, this car is arguably a more significant piece of the model’s history.
The car left the factory in June 1970 and in the early 1980’s returned to Aston Martin Works and the original engine was upgraded to Vantage specification, replacing the automatic transmission with a 5-speed manual at the same time. In 2006 it was fully restored by Aston Martin specialists RS Williams and given an overhaul with new sills, a suspension rebuild, mechanical overhaul and refinished in Old English White with new Black hood.
The following year, Aston Martin Works were appointed by the Prime Minister of Kuwait to source the best Mk 2 Volante available and this car was the chosen one. It remained in the Kuwaiti Collection until 2018 when it was returned to the Works factory after light use throughout the period. In the meantime, they had been working on an EV solution for their historic cars that would enable a reversible solution without damaging the originality and provenance of the car.
Looking To The Future
Due to the condition of this example and the fact that it retained much of its originality, it was seen as the perfect demonstration vehicle for their new reversible EV technology. Their ‘Cassette’ solution enabled the removal of the original engine and running gear, which was securely kept at the Newport Pagnell factory whilst the electric powertrain was installed.
In 2019 the car made its way around Europe to promote the Works electric powertrain service and wore the famous ‘1 AML’ number plate in the process. Press coverage ranged from numerous YouTube and press releases, over 3,500 features in total, to a parade lap at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix to demonstrate the technology.
Thanks to the reversibility of the ‘Cassette’ EV powertrain, once the promotional tour was complete the car was returned to its original condition by Aston Martin Works and the car comes complete with extensive invoices and receipts for the work being carried out in order to renew the car to its original and concours level condition. The proof of the success for reversibility of the electrification and then reinstalling of the original engine can be seen with the car enjoying a class win at the 2019 Aston Martin Owners Club Concours d’Elegance, such is the originality and condition once the process is complete.
After being in private ownership since then, and a further trip to Aston Martin Works for a major service, MOT and suspension work, the car is for sale at the Supercar Fest sale and is sure to be one of, if not the best driving Aston Martin’s of the era. Already a rare car thanks to being one of just 38 examples, the provenance and importance of this particular car in not only the history of the model, but the future of Aston Martin’s classic cars, is sure to be unrivalled. This is reflected in the guide price for the lot of between £600k – £700k, with a chance to add a genuine piece of Aston Martin history to any collection.
See more of the car via the Silverstone Auctions website here: 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante
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